The Jeep J8: Egyptian military Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was originally created at the request of Egyption customers; it was followed by the 2008 launch of the Jeep J8, a beefed-up Wrangler Unlimited assembled in Cairo, for government or business use them in areas too demanding for conventional vehicles.
The J8 is essentially a beefed up 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited; the frame was reinforced to allow more abuse and greater payloads, up to a maximum of 1,339 kg (2,952 lbs.). Axles, brakes and suspension components were upgraded, and the rear suspension was replaced by a traditional, tough leaf-spring system. The rear axle is a Dana 60, with 4.1 ratio and 2,273 kg capacity; the front is a heavy-duty, 1,764-kg capacity model. The NVG 241 transfer case has a 1.0:1 high gear and 2.72:1 low gear, with a 4.10:1 final drive gear ratio. Dual 12V, 850 cca batteries are fed by a 180 amp alternator; four 12V outlets are provided in front and rear. The factory can fit a 12V to 24V DC converter (45 amps), Euro IV emissions, and full size doors with windup windows.
The engine is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at an impressive 118 kW (158 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of torque, with towing capability of up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs.). A five-speed Chrysler 545RFE automatic transmission connects to the Command-Trac® four wheel drive system.
The J8 also has a unique air intake with Donaldson air filtration and a hood-mounted snorkel to go through up to 30 inches (762 mm) of water, or to tackle zero-visibility sandstorm conditions for up to five hours. Top speed is 140 km/hour; fuel capacity is 85 liters; and gas mileage is an estimated (Euro IV) 11 liters/100 km.
Available as a two-door with an extended pickup bed for personnel or equipment transport, or a four-door multipurpose vehicle, the J8 is produced with numerous vehicle-body and seating configurations in either right-hand- or left-hand-drive.
The Jeep J8 is armor capable and could be used as a command vehicle, troop/cargo carrier, ambulance, or communications vehicle. Heavy-duty bumpers with tow eyes allow the Jeep J8 to be easily transported by air. Curb weight is 2,600 kg; trailer towing is rated at 3,500 kg; gross weight is 3,864 kg.
An armored version of the Jeep J8 was the first vehicle to be certified under BRV 2009 VR7 for ballistic protection using hot-formed steel technology to create an external, non-parasitic protective shell. The BRV 2009 standards (which range from VR1 to VR7) are stringent and require the entire vehicle to be subjected to comprehensive destructive testing, including multiple shots from the appropriate type of ammunition. The car, including firewall, windshield, rear, roof, sides, and aperatures can be shot at from any angle; VR testing certifies the bulletproofing on the vehicle itself for real-world applicability.
VR7 protection is similar to the B7 level (most Middle Eastern armored cars are at the B6 level).
|2007 Unlimited |
|Running ground clearance||10”||9||9.1”||8.7 - 10.2” (rear axle)||10.1 (rear axle)|
|Approach angle (degrees)||42||31||44.4°||41-44°||44.4|
|Departure angle (degrees)||37||24||40.5°||38-40°||40.5|
|Breakover angle (degrees)||28||22°||18-20°||20.8|
|Gradiant (hard surface)||45°|
|Side slope (driver)||40.5°|
The Jeep J8 is not be available in the United States or Canada; and quantities are limited by the production capacity. Dave Cushing, manager of complete-knockdown operations, noted:
... there are many uses for a light utility vehicle like the J8 behind the lines. For border patrol, police activities, homeland security, radio communications command vehicles, data acquisition, or just for getting people around. ... ... We’ve learned that many potential customers will still want these vehicles armored. With its payload, that won't pose a problem. ... The two-door and four-door versions of this vehicle are built on the same 116-inch long wheelbase chassis. That's the same as the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. With the two-door J8, the added wheelbase provides almost a pickup-like bed in the back that can carry equipment and people.
Jack Robinson, manager of the Middle East and Africa regions, said:
The Jeep J8 was actually designed for militaries outside of North America. That's why it has a diesel engine. However, the more we talked to various agencies, the more we realized there could be applications for the U.S. military operating outside North America ... Aside from the difference in payload, it's got front and rear bumpers that have been beefed up so you can actually pick the vehicle up with a helicopter. It's also got an air filtration device that filters out sand and dust for five hours in blackout conditions. ... We’ve also had a lot of backdoor interest in commercial use for this vehicle—for construction workers, farmers, some in mining operations and those in utilities. We're working on putting a business case together to do that. But so far, there are no plans to do anything aside from launching the Jeep J8 next spring for military and civilian government customers.
“Desertbuzz” sent in some photos of the Egyptian long wheelbase TJ, the predecessor of the J8 and Wrangler Unlimited, back in 2006:
The 8 gallon auxilliary tank is visible on some photos; the ambulance version is fitted with roll-out bed.
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